Whether you are a Singaporean parent looking to get your child(ren) home piano lessons in Singapore or are looking for piano lessons yourself, you must have heard that most learners have pianos in their own homes. However, is this really necessary?
Buying a piano in Singapore is not the cheapest thing, especially first hand. Therefore, it is normal to ask if you really need a piano of your home to master playing the musical instrument.
Technically, as a private music student in Singapore, you could go to a private teacher studio/apartment to learn your lessons. However, when it comes to practice time, it is where things get more complicated, because you will now probably need to rent a studio at a public music school for each practice session. This is because you cannot simply rely only on practising during the actual lesson itself if you want to truly master it. You will need to practise often. This can be a hassle, and the eventual costs added up may not be cheap at all.
If you are going for graded examinations, you definitely need the most amount of practice. In this case, it is recommended to go for a piano purchase, and even purchase a higher end upright piano, so that it can last you or your child until the higher ABRSM piano grades. If you find it too expensive, then make sure to buy a good second hand higher end upright one instead. If you are thinking of buying a Yamaha piano, then picking the Yamaha U series piano will be a good choice.
If you are not going for ABRSM graded musical examinations, and are just learning the musical instrument for fun, then the choice is not so clear. You can either simply buy a keyboard, purchase a cheap second hand piano, or simply rent studio to practice. However, I strongly recommend the first two – either buying a keyboard or a cheap second hand piano instead. When it comes to mastery of any musical instrument, it is practice that makes perfect. No amount of talent or gift will help you master it magically without hard work.